Expert wants farmers to control army worms for better harvest




He advised farmers to always protect themselves while spraying insecticide on their corps, to avoid being affected by the chemicals.

An agricultural expert wants farmers to control army worms for better harvest

Farmers has been advised by an Agricultural expert, Mr Fidelis Ozor to control the army worms (also refered to as caterpillar) in their farms for quality and plentiful harvest.

Ozor, the Director of Agricultural Services, Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture, gave the guidance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.

He noted that early control of such pests would prevent the destruction of crops, thus reducing economic waste.

According to him, the army worms destroy a large variety of crops within a short space of time.

“The presence army worms on the leaves of harvests, for example, maize, groundnut and others definitely lessens farm benefit.

“It prompts decrease in amount and nature of the gathered yields; and furthermore lessens the availability of seedlings and their supplements,” he said.

He encouraged farmers to control the pest through normal methods and the utilization of insecticide.

“To control these army worms, farmers should weed their farms on schedule and routinely; consume or cover maturing crop subsequent to reaping; plant clean seedlings without sign of infestations, and plant on schedule.

Farmers ought not leave their yields to exceed harvest time on farm; they should utilize insecticide; farmers should gather and destroy the army worms, utilizing hoes to furrow the land to uncover any bug that is left subsequent to reaping.”

He described army worms as green-stripped caterpillar hatchlings of the grown-up army worm moth.

“The army worms eat everything in their way; grass, corn, beets, beans, clover, flax, millet and other grains,” he said.

He advised farmers to always protect themselves while spraying insecticide on their corps, to avoid being affected by the chemicals.






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